Members of the Law Firm, Robins, Kaplan, Miller and Ciresi LLP, came together for an afternoon of fun and philanthropic team building. 30 people built 8 bikes during an afternoon of fun, laughter and even a little bit of instruction. Everyone enjoyed the activities that culminated in 8 bicycles being donated to children from the Boys and Girls clubs of Minneapolis. The children were present at the end of the program to accept the bikes- much to surprise the bike builders. It was a great feeling when those who had participated in the event got to see the children’s faces and talk with those who were receiving the bikes. It was a very touching moment to end an afternoon of fun and learning.
This large law firm, over 600 employees in MN, does a lot of philanthropic activities. They have worked with many organizations and are supporters of the Special Olympics. One of the participants following the program mentioned that they have been involved in a lot of helpful events, but this was the best one.
Often times we get caught up in our own lives. We’re working; we have families, other activities and so many draws on our time. We forget that we also have opportunities to make a positive impact on lives around us if we will just stop and look around. Even in corporate programs it is easy to have meetings and training events, and forget the impact we can have not just within the organization, but within the community. When these special people came together it was to benefit others, not just themselves. They had their two days of necessary meetings, but then they got an opportunity to relax, have fun and make a significant contribution to their community.
As this law firm experienced, it is possible, and even beneficial, to get together for some fun learning and make a contribution to those less fortunate.